Conway Springs High School has been a gold mine for the Wildcats early in the recruiting wars- yielding two commitments for Kansas State in Defensive Lineman Matt Seiwert and class of 2013 OLB Tanner Wood.
KStateFans caught up with Matt to dicuss his decision to become a Kansas State Wildcat.
"They offered on a Wednesday, and by Friday I was ready to call Coach (Joe Bob) Clements to commit" Matt Seiwert said. "They have really good coaches. I've been a K-State fan my whole life. Ever since I was little it's been a dream of mine to go up there and play football."
Seiwert, 6-foot-2.5, 250-pounds, played fullback and linebacker for the Conway Springs Cardinals as a junior. Kansas State is recruiting him as a defensive tackle. He'll play there this fall.
"I think I'm quick, explosive, and willing to add weight," said Seiwert on his new position. "I'm excited to work with the coaches, Coach Clements and Coach (Mo) Latimore."
This is the second member of the Seiwert family to become a Wildcat. Older brother, Darrin, played tight end who graduated in 2008. He also played at Conway Springs. The school has won five of the last 10 state championships, but has fallen short the last two seasons.
"We lost last year in the state final," Seiwert stated. "This year there's only one goal, and that's to win a state championship. This group of seniors has bonded really well, and I think we can make a good run at it. Now that I'm committed my only goal for my senior season is to help the team win."
Conway Springs fell at Hutchinson's Gowans Stadium to Silver Lake, 27-21, in the 3A Kansas State final game. The previous year as defending champions, they were beaten on a 77-yard pass on a 4th and 29 with a minute to play in the second round of the playoffs by Hutchinson Trinity to break the Cardinals 17 game win streak.
Seiwert had a solid junior year with more than 300 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 12.7 yards per carry. On defense he made 56 tackles, one interception, and three fumble recoveries. He was named 3A All-State honorable mention.
"In the fall I'm hoping to go up for some games," said Seiwert on future trips to Manhattan. "I talk pretty regularly with Joe Bob. My grades are good. I've been on honor roll since I was in middle school. My GPA is a 3.9. In college I'm looking at studying Accounting."
Conway Springs is 30 miles southwest of Wichita. Kansas State fans in the area may want to check out a game. The team also features quarterback, Tanner Wood, who gave a commitment to Kansas State for the class of 2013.
At Conway Springs, Seiwert has also starred in basketball and track. He had the furthest throw in the javelin at the 3A state meet this spring and placed second in the discus. Seiwert's senior year is his third as a starter for varsity football. He wears No. 24.